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We rarely do take time out, time out to just “be”.  If you are a carer you will probably find it harder to find some ‘me’ time and have to wait till you can get respite of some sort.  What if you were able to just ‘Take Five’ over a cuppa or escape while you are waiting at yet another medical appointment?

My cousin, who is a wonderful photographer (and is her husband’s full-time carer) has put this small book together – “Take Five”.  It’s a great little book, filled with beautifully photographed images that, by flicking through the pages, can just whisk you away for five minutes. Hence the title “Take Five”

Vanessa is currently selling these books as a way of raising funds for her Parkinsons Carer’s group and if you would like to purchase one, please send her an email at books4charity@y7mail.com.  She is more than happy for you to purchase them in bulk, at cost, if you would like to sell them to help raise funds for  your carer’s group.

Now back to your regular programming!

Michelle

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Here’s a card that I have made for my mother-in-law’s upcoming birthday. Along with embossing and fussy-cutting, there’s lots of love in there.

I’ve also used the new coloured embossing powders from Stampin’ Up! (Melon Mambo and Wild Wasabi) for the floral embellishment on the front page , which compliments the “Beyond the Garden” DSP. The colours just ‘pop’, don’t they?

 I learnt a new trick with my Top Note Die while making this card and, just quietly, I’m feeling a little pleased with myself. The front flap of the card is part of the card, rather than a separately attached ‘feature’. So here’s a tip for all those old dogs trying to learn some new tricks. To make the front flap: when making my ‘sandwich’ for the Big Shot I have the bottom plate, then the Top note Die and then the card stock strip (148mm x 297mm), then place only half(ish) of the cutting plate on top as you don’t want all of the Top Note shape to cut out. Once your shape has been cut, you may need to trim your card  stock a fraction to make a standard size card, but not much.  This is what it looks like standing open.

I hope that makes sense – For me it is one of those visual things, so if you would like pictorial instructions let me know and I will do some 🙂  All the goodies that I used for this card are available in the new Summer Mini Catalogue and all purchases over $100 qualify for free Sale-a-bration goodies.  Contact me if you would like to know more.

In the meantime, Happy Birthday Mater!

Keep inky!

Michelle 

Normally, when I  make a card, I decorate the envelope to coordinate with it, but on this day I made a cake to go with my wedding card.

The cake was my gift to the beautiful bride and handsome groom. I got a two-thumbs up from the bride, so I think she liked it!

And here’s the card and keepsake that I made for the pink-loving bride (apologies for the photo quality, I’d forgotten to take one before I left home, so the hotel pillow case had to do for a backdrop!)

Betty (the Big Shot) got a work out for both the card and the favour, the itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny butterflies were created with the new Embosslits dies.  They cut and emboss in one pass; instant gorgeous-ness! It’s a pity I couldn’t use Betty for the hearts on the  cake, all those babies were cut by hand!

Till next time, keep those pinkies inky!

Michelle

Or whatever day it is that you want to celebrate.  Use an embossing folder in the Big Shot and, voilà, you have an instant background that really needs nothing much more done to it. I’m loving these folders and am wondering why on earth it took me so long to get on the Big Shot bandwagon.

A bit of ribbon, a coloured paper daisy and a tag with a greeting.  Done in the recipients favourite colours and there you have an easy birthday greeting. There is Shimmer Mist on this too, but we all know how hard it is to photograph. It’s a bit like the Cottingley Fairies, I know it’s there and I hope you’ll believe me it is.

I haven’t got much else to show you at the moment, it seems that my mojo has taken a holiday . . .

. . .and I’ve had a few other (furry) distractions . . . .

. . . so I have not had much of a chance to get out and get my pinkies inky.  This next week  holds promises of some spare time to go out and look for my missing mojo plus time to play with the new whiskered member of the family too.

Till next time,

Michelle

PS – Sale-a-bration ends on 31 March, so get your$100+ order in to earn free stamp sets. Contact me today to  place your order or click here to view a SAB catalogue

Little Nicholas joined us last November, just in time to be included in the family photo being sent out with the Christmas cards his mum was putting together while she was in labour. I’m exhausted just thinking about it! I finally got a card made for Nicholas after Christmas. I’m nowhere near as organised as his mum!  I’m hoping Australia Post have done their duty and delivered this, so now I can show you.

I’ve paper pieced the teddy (from the Family Favourites stamp set) and tucked him into the pram (from Fun & Fast Notes), just waiting for the bub to join him. They’re sitting on a Top Note Die cut, with some DSP scraps punched with the Scallop Trim Border Punch (love, love, love it!).  It’s a little bit cute, isn’t it?

I wonder when the next bub will arrive so I can make another one?

Till next time,

Michelle

PS- the “Congratulations” is from the ‘Well Scripted” Stamp set from the  SU! Summer Mini Catalogue – – it’s just a little bit fancy!

It’s been a while, I know and if you haven’t given up on me totally, thank you! It’s been a busy little while and, as I have mentioned before, when life gets busy., sometimes something has to give.  And it’s been the blogging. Have you got time for a catch up?  Let me think, what have I been up to?   Ummm . . Let me think –

 Oh yes, there was a  crafting weekend away at Rawson Village where it snowed.  It was Spring and it snowed! I have pictures somewhere  (read: still on the camera that I can’t locate right now), but it looked pretty much like all pictures of snow in the mountains – little white flakes fluttering gently down.  Not quite in Christmas card quantities or to build a snowman, but enough for us to get excited and run out in our PJ’s taking photos of the cars with their snowy coats on.  Gaye’s bright red car looked very festive sitting out there in the snow! We had a great room with a wood fire, all to ourselves, to craft the weekend away.  I can highly recommend it if you’re looking to organise a group weekend away, where you can spend your time crafting and not have to worry about cooking or what time you go to bed! The food is scrummy, especially the freshly baked pastries and scones for morning tea! Oh yes, they were just-out-of-the-oven-warm when they were brought up top us. Yummmmm . . warm scones! If you’re thinking that you just have to have a wonderful weekend like this away, why not check out their website here. We’ve already booked our weekend away for next year!

In November there was a’ special number’ birthday for mum and we were going to celebrate it, so I needed to make invitations for her party.  As we were going to hold it in the park, we went for a picnic theme . .

That's her when she was doing her nursing training.

And I went mad with the scallop punch making decorations for the party . . 

And a cake with a gazillion little flowers . . .

Which makes for a happy mummy . ..

I carried the flower theme through to my ‘jewellery’ for the day . . take a closer look at the hair clip, my earrings and necklace ;). It was great fun and I think that everyone enjoyed the day.  It went by in the blink of an eye for me! But that smile means that it was all worthwhile!

I was also involved in the Relay for Life a few weeks back and really appreciate the support that I was given for this event. Cancer Council’s Relay For Life is more than just a fundraiser. It is an opportunity to get together with the community and celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer, and fight back against a disease that takes too much.  The most moving part of the event for me was the candlelight ceremony As dusk settles, candle tributes are placed along the inside of the track for the start of the Candlelight Ceremony.We lit a candle to honour and support someone living with cancer (in white bags) or in memory of a loved ones lost (brown bags). We inscribed our bags with messages of love, remembrance and hope that gave a warm glow around the perimeterof  the track as we walked through the night.

Just some of the candles that were lit by our team

Due to prior commitments, I wasn’t able to walk right through to the next morning, but one of the team walked for the whole 18 hours and he had walked over 60km by the end of the event.  I’m already looking forward to next years’ event and plan to stay the whole night through. My fundraising page is still open here if you would like to donate to this great cause. Great big hugs from me if you do!

Amongst all this, I had a car accident and managed to write my car off. Well I didn’t write it off, a great big bus coming up my backside side did!  Ouch!

Other than being a bit sore and sorry for myself for a few days, there was very little damage done.  Well to me, anyway.  I’ve finally got a replacement car, and am very happy to have my own wheels again.

We’ve also recently celebrated an engagement in the family, which was a happy family occasion (if not a little soggy with all the rain that came through that day). I just had to use the owl punch to make this little cutie for the couple.

It’s bit cute, don’t you think? 🙂 I cant wait to see what else I can create with this little beauty – I see penguins, Martians, deer and tulips on the horizon!

Well that’s enough from me for now.  If you’ve got this far, thanks for hanging in there and taking an interest in what I’ve been up to.  I better get cracking and get onto my Christmas cards (yes, I know it’s the 4th of December and I’ve only just started making them tonight – EEEEK! I better get cracking so that I can get them posted!)

Till next time (without such a large break in between, I promise!)

Michelle

funny pictures of dogs with captions

We all need a helper like this!  How does your hound help you? 🙂

Michelle

Mum & I earlier this year

I hope you have a lovely day today mum! Although not with you in reality, I was with you in spirit all day and  I hope you got some of that lovely rain and the tanks are all full and ready for the summer for you. 

Here are some big hugs for you on your birthday ~

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I managed to take a photo before I sent the card off, so will quickly share it here – My ‘Garden Whimsy’ Butterfly with Bling ~

Here’s the card & matching envelope – I have just got a crimper and if I have some cardstock to add to my latest creation and it’s not nailed down, it’s getting crimped before it’s stuck on a card!

Look at that sparkle! You really can’t beat the Dazzling Diamonds for their razzle dazzle (and their stick-in-your-hair-ability.. Isn’t that right Jenni?)  I shall have full details of what I used for this card on my website soonish.. It will be on the “I just like to make stuff” page.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend

Michelle

Last weekend was the Maffra Show –  The highlight of the show (in the Pavilion) is the live judging of a particular type of cake.  This year it was sponges & boy, you should have seen them!  They were huge!  I’m sure that the local chooks have been kept busy laying all the egg required for the cakes in this years’ competition!

Live cake judging is certainly an amazing thing, that really opened the eyes of this (non) domestic goddess. All this talk of lining tins (5 layers), fresh butter, types of eggs.. oh dear… I don’t think that I could ever live up to the CWA expectations.  I shall just keep my entries strictly in the ‘packet’ cake section!  Which didn’t happen this year. After some oven troubles the entries weren’t even up to ‘packet cake’ standards – I was too ashamed to even bring my mint slice into the stewards morning tea!

I had a few entries in the scrapping section and got a few second place awards and my entry for the ‘off-the-page’ section, got a first! YAY!  I used some papers that I love (freebies from Crop for Kids last year) from my stash and a photo of a dear friend that I haven’t seen for about 4 years now.  I used the Stampin’ Up! Spring Flower Bouquet punch for the flowers, so easy yet so effective. I love them! (There’s a picture in my blog entry below)

After all the horses, chooks, utes and cakes had been judged, the show finished with a big bang on Saturday night, as all good shows do – with fireworks.  I can’t wait for next year!

A little ray of sunshine has come into the world ~ a little ray of sunshine, in the shape of a girl….. So to welcome Amelie, I had to make her a card…. A little grow-suit!

I took this picture with my phone and I think that the colours have lost something in the translation.  The tutorial for this can be found here if you’re interested in doing one yourself.  They’re great fun.  I used Pink Passion card stock and then versamark ink on the Scribble wheel so that I could emboss it with a lavender embossing powder (not sure of the brand – I’ve had it for yonks).  I also embossed a flower from the ‘Scribble This’ set on whisper white with the lavender powder.  I also had to make a card for little Ethan to congratulate him on becoming a big brother. It’s a little gift card using the All in the Family stamp set.

The colours seem to have gone *splang* in the translation from phone to screen – I really did put that baby in pink..really I did!

I made a gazillion lolly bags today – -well perhaps not that many.. how about 50… yeah, that sounds more like it.  First I started with some Jellies…..

then added some Pink & White M&M’s

Then some pinker than pink musk sticks

How about a few jubes???  mmmmm juuuuuubes….

Then a strawberries and creamy swirly thing to finish it off..

Then pop them all in a decorated bag….

& pop on a topper or two…… 

 

Voila! You have your lolly bags. Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm.  This is only a few, imagine another 50 or so of them and you have the idea!  I just love the bright colours of these, you can tell they are just waiting for a party to happen! I stamped the bags with white Staz On and the toppers with white Craft Ink – which you can’t really see in the picture: (  The bands on the top are just selections of coloured paper with various bold brights scallop-punched out and the “Thank you” is from the Sweet Sayings set (watch out for a special on that set next month..ssshhhh!  you didn’t hear it from me!)

My new banner is actually Beach Road in St Kilda – it’s the way I come home from work each day and that is the view just near St Kilda Junction.  If you’re going to be stuck in traffic, you couldn’t ask for a better view. I’m so excited that the days are getting longer and it’s light when I leave work! I’m sure the other drivers thought I was a little nuts sticking my phone out the window of the car and taking pictures while sitting in traffic!  Oh well, they haven’t locked me up yet, so it’s not all bad!

Well, it’s nearly Monday, I better scoot and get some shut-eye ~ have a good week.

Michelle

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